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Grow-your-own bills for Washington marijuana get support in hearing

OLYMPIA – Recreational and medical marijuana users would be able to grow at least six plants at home, without any special licenses, under proposals being considered in the House.

A pair of bills – one which would allow six plants per household, another six plants per adult in a house up to a total of 12 – received support from people who said they have trouble buying the right kind of marijuana for medical conditions.

Meagan Holt, of Mill Creek, Washington, said she has trouble getting the right kind of plants for the oil that alleviates her 4-year-old daughter Madeline’s intractable epilepsy, which didn’t respond to some 20 pharmaceutical that doctors prescribed. She has people willing to grow and give it to the family, but under current law, that’s illegal.

The proposals also would allow people who grow marijuana to share certain amounts of it.

“Put yourself in my shoes. Imagine your child is going to die,” Holt told members of the House Commerce and Gaming Committee.

The bills were among several changes to the state’s evolving marijuana laws that had hearings Monday. They could come up for a committee vote in the next week or so.

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